Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge - Day 4

Our last full day in Gatlinburg was mostly a free day. We had done just about everything listed on our itinerary, so we decided to sleep in a bit and take our time before going out for breakfast. We picked up some donuts from Krispy Kreme to hold us over until lunch, and did some more cruising around to look at the cars. We had lunch at the Old Mill - after having their breakfast, I was curious what they would offer for lunch/dinner. They gave us corn chowder with fritters as a starter. I ordered the Pot Roast, which came with green beans and mashed potatoes, and Scott had a grilled chicken sandwich.

In the afternoon, we went to a few shops, including the Christmas Village and back to the scrapbook clearance store. We had planned to go to the Smokey Mountain Winery, but decided we really weren't in the mood for wine. Instead, we went to play Hillbilly Golf in Gatlinburg. It was fun! You ride on this cart straight up the side of the mountain, and it drops you off at the beginning of the putt-putt course. Then you make your way about halfway back down the mountain as you play. We had a really good time. When we finished, we drove around a bit more before going back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.

Dinner was at the Alamo Steakhouse. I had reserved us a "Love Nest", which was a private dining area at the restaurant. It sort of looked like the booths at The Melting Pot, except a little more private. We had bacon-wrapped shrimp for an appetizer, salads, and then we both ordered Filets for our main course. We skipped dessert - we'd eaten so much that week that we just didn't need it. It was a great end to our vacation.

The next morning, after packing up and checking out, we stopped at Smokey Mountain Knifeworks on the way out of town. I'd heard Rory talk about that store a lot, so I just wanted to see what it was like on the inside. We left town about 1PM and made it to Lynchburg right around 6:00pm. We went straight to Shane & Mandy's house, and we all decided to go out for dinner at West Side Deli. I hadn't been there in forever.

After dinner, we rode up to Bald Mountain (at least that's what I call it) to see the Snowplex. It is really cool! I'll be pretty excited if they open snowtubing for adults - right now its just a little hill that's really for kids. I'm not big on the skiing or snowboarding, and you need to be pretty experienced to ride those hills anyway. But it was fun watching them all come down - especially standing there in shorts and a tshirt. Haha. Sort of surreal.

Overall, it was an awesome trip. I will post a few more pictures when I get home tonight - I don't have them here with me right now.

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